Abduhl Sheikh

Born: 10th March 1942

Nairobi, Kenya

Date of interview: 24th May 2006

Map showing where Abduhl Sheikh came from

Where was your wife?

She was in Birmingham. She stayed, and that is the only person whom I still consider as a very, very good friend. No relationship, but he offered her sanctuary and he still remains good friend and I don't forget people who help me. I never do and never will. That's something that stays with me till I die.
I used to get salary and every month we used to be allowed, you know, three days back home. So I used to bring my cash salary with me and say here you are life's a bit easier for you. So things started to get easy. Even during the training, it was quite obvious that the instructors, apart from one or two who, sort of, took interest in me. It was a strange phenomenon, you know, different culture person coming in to join the prison service. Something new. I was the first trainee Asian prison officer, to join the prison service. Something unique, if you know what I mean and there was a lot of prejudice, a hell of a lot of prejudice amongst the students. There was some good ones there who became good friends, but I would say about ninety percent didn't want to know, didn't want to associate.

I passed with quite high numbers actually and I remember my tutor telling me that he was extremely surprised that I'd passed. He was very surprised I'd passed and I got posted to a prison called Coldingley in Bisley in Surrey. At that time it was the showpiece of the country. All electronic. Electronic open doors. Cells opened electronic.